All posts tagged: Homeware

Simple stoneware by Mleko Living

Simple stoneware by Mleko Living

I do love simple, hand-crafted ceramics, and today you’re in for a treat. I want to introduce you to Mleko Living, a Kraków-based design studio with a mission to simplify and improve our everyday lives. The studio was founded in 2017 by Katarzyna Goluszka and Michal Zaluski after they developed a mutual interest in architecture, aesthetics and design while living in different European cities. They have just launched a lovely, new collection of stoneware products for daily use titled Canvas. The lookbook you can see below is beautifully fresh and simple, highlighting the beauty of the material and clean design. Natural and relaxed, the images show the pieces in use, with gently creased linen, ringed coffee stains and delicate greenery. Very spring-like – it really is like a breath of fresh air! They say, ‘The objects act as a plain canvas, which we paint upon. The pieces bring ease and harmony into our everyday life and leave us room for assigning meaning and value.’ The collection is handmade in a family-run ceramic factory in southern Poland and comprises a bowl, flowerpot, vase, carafe and mug. …

20 scandi-style candlesticks under £30

20 scandi-style candleholders under £30

I’ve had a couple of people over on Instagram ask me where I get my candleholders from, so I thought I’d do a round-up of some of the best scandi-style designs out there. Because sometimes these things can be hard to find if you’re not really sure where to look. I’ve scoured small, independent British shops and well-known Scandinavian brands to bring you 20 candleholders under £30. From bargain finds to handmade chunky concrete blocks and minimal black shapes, there’s hopefully something here for everybody. Here are some of my favourites – tea and kate’s grey, concrete-esque candleholder (d)  is the most like mine above (sadly the shop I bought it from in Wimbledon has since closed), but sculptural, curvy dishes from Muuto and Normann Copenhagen (e + p) also caught my eye. For something a little bit different, why not Future and Found’s house-shaped design? a. Chunk of concrete candleholder by MENU, £30, Scandinavian Design Center b. Candlestick Loop Black, £29, Cooee c. Candlestick for three candles, IKEA PS 2017, £10, IKEA d. Catherine Lovatt …

COS x HAY spring/summer 2017 campaign

Fresh styling from COS X HAY Spring/Summer 2017

Spring is very nearly here, the days are lighter and everything feels brighter. As we look ahead to the new season, here’s some lovely, fresh, spring-like styling from COS X HAY’s new Spring/Summer 2017 campaign. The love affair between fashion brand COS and Danish design brand HAY continues with deep green accessories for the home, pared-back neutral ceramics and elements for springtime rituals. The curated collection, now in its third year, is available in stores and online, offering simple, straightforward, functional designs at affordable prices. Says Rolf Hay: ‘We want people to buy things that they can treasure for many years, not throw away.’ I’ll now let the images do the talking… Here are some of my favourites from the Spring collection, lots of fresh greens and soft neutrals: Shop the COS X HAY collection in COS London High Street Kensington, Vienna Neubaugasse and Gothenburg as well as online across Europe. What are your favourites? All images courtesy COS X HAY

12 styled days of Christmas

Last minute Christmas gift ideas

I don’t know about you but I’m finding this part of the year especially manic, wrapping up blog posts and work, not to mention wrapping up presents! I’ve done a bit of Christmas shopping here and there but I still have a list of presents to buy for my loved ones. I always try not to, but I think I may be running around like a headless chicken trying to pick up last minute bits on Christmas Eve… But, if you’re like me and still have a few people to buy for, and maybe you haven’t been able to think of what to get them yet, I’ve created this little guide for last minute Christmas gifts. All the items here, handpicked from my favourite independent British shops, have their last deliveries on the 22nd December, so you can relax and know your gifts will be with you before the big day, phew! You can purchase these items right here on my blog, just click on each product for more information, add to cart and you’ll …

Autumn Fair: the season's No.1 gift and home wholesale trade show for the retail industry

Autumn Fair gift & home trade show

Autumn Fair is a gift and home trade show that takes place every year at Birmingham NEC. Launched in September 1990, it focuses on contemporary and traditional products from both independent talents, big-name brands and online retailers. Whether its hunting out new products and innovations, networking, meeting like-minded design-obsessed individuals or hearing from experts in a line-up of seminars, it’s an event that should certainly be on your radar. With 12 different show sectors, ranging from Contemporary Gift & Living to The Light Show focusing on lighting, there’s over 1,400 exhibitors to look out for across the four-day show. There’ll be design-led gifts and gadgets, art and wall decor, textiles and furniture, plus personalised products and stationery supplies. Highlights include understated craft-inspired furniture and accessories from Dutch brand Kaemingk and new launches from Danish company Hubsch. Le Creuset will launch its new ‘Moorland Mist’ collection, while Suck UK will be selling gifts exclusively at Autumn Fair. I’ve also already spied Villeroy & Boch, By Boo, Nordlux and VITA Copenhagen (who will be incorporating interactive and submersive lighting experiences in …


Introducing… Starling Store

The lovely Nicola at Starling Store sent me a sneak peek of her new autumn/winter collection last week. In case you didn’t know, Starling Store is an online shop launched in early summer last year. It has a hand picked selection of colourful and contemporary homeware, all curated by founder Nicola Eslick, who spent the last two decades on a long adventure travelling the world, exploring quirky stores in Tokyo, the chicest boutique in New York and the flea markets of Paris (I’m just a little bit jealous…). She now lives in the seaside town of Brighton with an ‘oblique’ sea view (again, jealous). She says of her shop: Starling Store aims to offer a collection for the individual; for when you are searching for something a little bit different, something inspirational. Each and every piece from the collection is hand picked for it’s original design combined with practability and quality. It is our aim to offer products that will enhance our lives and become the heirlooms of tomorrow. For her, inspiration was born out of a …


Styling the Seasons: September

Fellow bloggers Katy from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lots made a call to arms to bloggers and creatives for a seasonal styling session. The task was simple: style any surface in your home, from the dining table or sideboard to mantelpiece or kitchen worktop, to represent the change of month. Then share your photographs on any day this month – using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or your blog, if you have one and the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons. September is my favourite month of the year, partly because it’s my birthday month. I still have to wait two weeks but Olivier and I  are going away for the weekend either to Amsterdam or Basel (I’m not allowed to know where, it’s a surprise!). In the meantime, I’ve moved offices to Farringdon, which I am really enjoying because I get to walk to work. On my way back from work the other day I discovered this sweet little old lady selling flowers near Exmouth Market (just up from The Quality Chop House, which has a fab new butcher and deli). When you …


Origami Workshop using Betty & Walter’s retro prints

SMUG is a lovely kooky lifestyle shop in Islington’s Camden Passage, which I always pop into if I’m in the area. Run by founder Lizzie Evans, it sells a beautifully curated array of homeware, stationery, accessories, vintage furniture and kitchenware by designers such as Thornback & Peel, Donna Wilson and a favourite of mine, Mae Engelgeer. She recently opened a cafe in the basement, offering Ozone coffee, pastries made locally by Yeast Bakery and lots of other yummy homemade treats by Lizzie herself, all served up on 1950s Formica tables (there’s also a small, quiet courtyard when the sun shines!). It made the perfect location for the launch of Betty & Walter’s new Autumn/Winter collection of bags, purses, kitchenware and accessories last week. Betty & Walter was set up in 2011 by Central Saint Martins graduate Lisa Stickley and now sells prints that look to the mid-century for inspiration, including her aunty Betty and Uncle Walter, the perfect 1950s muses. Lisa starts each print by hand, tweaking each artwork before scanning it onto the computer and having it made …


Arro Home by Beci Orpin and Adam Rogers

Arro Home is a new collection of locally designed home accessories and tableware created by Melbourne-based Beci Orpin and Adam Rogers. The pieces look so fun and cheerful I knew I had to share it with you. The collection includes products created by designers in Melbourne, as well as treasures collected from travels abroad, such as bed linen, cushions, kitchen textiles, ceramics and rugs. They say: Simple and refreshing, the Arro Home aesthetic incorporates signature prints and colourful designs, in combination with classic styles. At Arro Home we are not defined by trends, instead we’re governed by imagination. Our pieces are designed to be enjoyed today, not reserved for tomorrow. Arro Home is currently available for pre-order online, so keep an eye out on their website. Photo – Brooke Holm, Styling – Marsha Golemac Via The Design Files Here are my top picks: From top to bottom, left to right (click on links): Geometric Oven Mitt, Geometric Quilt, Sketchbook Doona Cover, Pom Pom Cushion, Microscope Cushion, Sketchbook Floor Cushion


Thisispaper shop: homeware and the best canvas and leather rucksacks

Thisispaper, one of my absolute favourite visual art and design websites, has a fab homeware and gardening collection on its online shop. From their Warsaw-based studio they source and make by hand sustainable and well-designed products, from rucksacks and cosy knitted socks to scrubbing brushes and kitchen dishes. The designs are simple and functional, using vegetable-tanned leather, durable cotton and canvas, and water-based dye. Summed up by founders Alexander and Zuzanna, who say: ‘We value timeless over trendy, few over many and plain over fancy’. The homeware lookbook shared here has its own story: Every Wednesday at around 1 p.m. two friends and amateur cooks open the doors of their Warsaw apartment to their friends, friends of friends, or sometimes complete strangers, and serve a three course lunch. The food is outstanding, and so is the set. In a room with high ceilings, wooden floor and white tiled stove, the table bends under the weight of fresh vegetables, home baked bread and healthy desserts. Given that the price of this treat is roughly an equivalent …